President's Message
Wednesday evening last week, 15 members of the club were hosted by the Harbourside club at the RNZYS.  A great meeting and we were warmly welcomed. The fellowship of Rotary is very evident when visiting a smaller club like Harbourside and yet they are making significant contributions within the community. It was really relevant to me as the speaker spoke in regards to the development of Bio markers for woman that assisted in the management of pre-term babies and the possibility of associated issues such as diabetes, obesity, and brain growth.
Very informative and certainly generated lots of discussion within the group. Also Miles was asked to speak on “Brush for Kindness” a Habitat NZ initiative that we too are looking at closely.
With a lot on between now and the Xmas break we hope that all members participate in the activities and projects that are being planned.  Look out for the events updates and book those dates out.
On a personal note, it was a proud moment that Sue has been selected as the new Operations Manager for the ROMAC programme.  I know she will do a great job and she is looking forward to the journey ahead.
Kindest regards
President – Rotary St Johns
Harbourside Rotary 12th Sept - Club Visit
Club Activities - Important Dates
Next Club Meeting – September 20th:
Breakfast Meeting with Guest Speaker being our own Honorary Member - David Stone.  David will be talking about "Little Barrier and Tawharanui Sanctuary".  See you all there.
More Important Dates to Diary:
Rotary Leadership Training - Sep 22nd & 23rd:
This weekend - Interested?  Contact Beryl Robinson asap
Club Social / Fellowship Event - September 30th:
To celebrate the start of Daylight Saving Sunday 30th September, we thought we could dust off our walking shoes and navigate the "Pakuranga Rotary Walk".  The Walkway runs along the edge of the water of the Tamaki Estuary and Whakaaranga.  There are many entry points, so it depends on how fit you are as to how far you wish to walk.   A great family day could be had.  
RSVP to Michelle Forman;
District Film Night, November 1st:
In aid of Polio Eradication - Full details to follow 
Club Trivia Night, November 30th:
See separate story below for full details
Last Dinner Meeting for the year - December 6th:
A great night planned with a very special Guest
Christmas / New Year break:
Our last meeting for the year will be Thursday December 13th and our first meeting in 2019 will be Thursday 14th February.
St Johns Rotary Golf Tournament:
Monday 18th March - Remuera Golf Club
District 9920 2018 / 2019 Annual Conference:
Napier May 10 - 12 2019.  Early-bird bookings will open shortly - watch this space.  Also see story below for more details.
St Andrews Hospice Garage Sale:
1st and 3rd Saturdays every month at 8 am.  Corner Elizabeth Knox Place and Thomas Peacock Place, (off Morrin Road).   Go along and assist with the sale or just go along and shop - some great bargain's.  More details from Murray H.
Club Trivia Night - Save the Date!
Please put the Trivia Quiz Night at Glen Taylor School on Friday 30th November in your diary!
This is a St. Johns Rotary Club Fundraiser, to allow us to secure the funds needed for the myriad of local projects we undertake every year - so it is very important we make this a success.  Invite your friends, make up a team and come along to enjoy a fabulous evening!
Also please put your hand up to help arrange the evening.  Attached is a list of the jobs to be done and those that have already been allocated.  Donald B would like you to volunteer to complete one of the tasks not yet assigned.  The more people who volunteer means less work for each of us so let me know by email which task you'll do.
There will be a get-together after our club meeting this Thursday morning so if you're at the meeting, please linger for 10 minutes so we can get this project planned.
If you can't make the meeting, email Donald and he will add you to the action list.
Meeting Duties & Responsibilities
Just a "nudge" to all members to check each week to see when you are rostered for meeting "duties".
You must find a replacement and notify the President if they are unable to perform rostered duty.
  • Normal breakfast meetings are 7:00am for prompt 7:15am start
  • Set Up, Greeter, Attendance, Standby to arrive before 7:00am (morning meet)
  • Evening meetings are 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
  • Set Up, Greeter, Attendance, Standby to arrive before 6:00pm (evening meet)
  • Note that all members (except the President and Sergeant) are rotated to assist with meeting duties
  • If you have any questions about for your duty, please ask an experienced member
  • A summary of each "duty" can be seen if you click "read more"
Member Bio
This week we are sharing Roger Goodman's Bio - thanks for sharing your story Roger.
Member Bio - Roger Goodman
Born in Gisborne (conceived in Ruatoria), of Australian teacher parents in the Maori teaching service.
Raised, educated, married / divorced, Melbourne. Alumni Wesley College, Monash and Latrobe Uni’s.
Three sons Nik, Chris, Jonathan, in that order; 1 daughter, Kayo and 2 granddaughters Luna & Emma.
Emigrated to NZ 1994 and Ed Hillary gave away his niece Hilary Carlile – my best beloved.
Have worked with IBM, PWC, EY in business consulting and IT, Project Management institute of NZ.
Joined Rotary as a Charter member of Parnell (with DG Ingrid), have been on numerous committees and sergeant too often.  Awarded Paul Harris Fellowship for the work with Gary Key, Alan Mains and St John’s Rotary on project “Varayame”.
Currently teaching Project Management at MIT, UoA, and for the University of the South Pacific – Climate Ready program – just spent 6 months criss-crossing the Pacific and 3 months around Portugal, France and England.
Next Stop TAVEUNI 24-28 September and then Samoa, Tuvalu and Tonga.
Home for Christmas!!
Fellowship at District Conference
The "fellowship" team would love to see a large group of St John's members attending next year's District Conference. The theme for the conference is Keep Rotary Real. Please check and mark in your diaries:
2019 District 9920 Conference
Napier Conference Centre
10 - 12 May 2019
Including the Conference, other activities to join in on are:
  • District Governor’s Golf Tournament
  • Art Deco Walking Tour
  • An Art Deco vintage car driving tour
  • Hawkes Bay Farmers Market in Hastings on Sunday morning
  • Bike winery tour
  • Wine tastings at the Conference venue
Registrations will open very soon and we will alert you to the Registration link when it is "live".   In the meantime, can you please let Michelle Forman know if you are intending to go?  Email:
Rotary Facts - Did You Know?
In much of the official literature of Rotary International relating to service to young people, a special slogan will be found -"Every Rotarian an Example to Youth." These words were adopted in 1949 by the Rotary International Board of Directors as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary clubs exist.  Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.
Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, handicapped children's centers, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child care centers and children's hospitals.  Many clubs provide vocational counseling, establish youth employment program and promote use of The 4 -Way Test.  Increasingly, drug and alcohol abuse prevention projects are being supported by Rotarians.
In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role model for the young men and women of their community.  One learns to serve by observing others.  As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations of children and youth.

The slogan accepted over 40 years ago is just as vital today.  It is a very thoughtful challenge, "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth."
Now that you have got this far - Something to bring a smile to your face.
"I met with Pope Francis today.  He's a really great pope; great, great pope.  You know he's the leader of the Catholic Church; big church. I couldn't believe it when he told me how many Catholics there are. Way more than I thought. They have churches all over the world; some are very, very close (so close) to my hotels and golf courses.
"He took me into the Sistine Chapel. Beautiful ceiling. I don't think too many people even know about this place. The paintings are great, I'm telling you. The Pope (great guy, by the way, knows more about the Bible than almost anybody, we got along great, I think he really likes me) told me the whole thing was painted by this young Italian;  I think his name is Michael Angelo. At least that's what Francis (we're great friends) called him, I think.  Trust me, we're going to hear more about him.  He's really artistic, and everybody tells me I have the greatest eye for the bestest art.  I told Frank I'd like to buy some of Mike's art. I asked him if Mike's done anything on velvet.  He'll check (great guy). 
I'll hang his stuff at Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower.  He needs more exposure. He's too much with the churches.  He could paint my presidential portrait on the Capitol Dome.  Or maybe a mural on my big, beautiful border wall, but just on our side.
"Unbelievable. The fake media is at it again.  I just saw something on TV that Michael died 450 years ago.  Sad.  I've already got some people looking into this and you won't believe what they're finding."

Club Contacts

President:  Allan Smith 021 959397 
Secretary, Treasurer:  Alex Gatt  021 571722
Apologies:  Alex Gatt -
President Elect:  Robyn Ingram -
Sergeant Major:  Michelle Forman
Club Services Director: Brian Fergus
Bulletin Editors: Pete Walsh & Alan Mayne -
Membership Director:  Robyn Ingram
Our Meetings
We meet Thursday for breakfast at 7 am for 7.15 am start,
except for the first Thursday of the month,
when we meet in the evening at 6 pm for dinner.
Remuera Golf Club
120 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland, 1072
New Zealand 
All Rotarian's are welcome including family members.
Others wanting to visit are most welcome to contact:
Next meeting: 
Thursday 20th September 2018
Breakfast Meeting:
7.00 am for 7.15 am
Meeting Responsibilities
20th September
Robinson, Colin
Jolliffe, Cheri
Forman, Michelle
Mcphee, Angus
Speaker Host
Robinson, Beryl
Thanks Close
Hartstone, David
Set Down
Fergus, Brian
Benge, Frances
27th September 2018
Hillman, Mark
Francis, Andy
Mayne, Alan
Tedcastle, Isabella
Speaker Host
Buchanan, Peter
Thanks Close
Peach, Blair
Herlihy, Chris
Set Down
Fabian, Graham
4 October 2018
Set Up
Fergus, Brian
Stichbury, Glen
Gallagher, Megan
Richardson-Jones, Aubrey
Speaker Host
Jones, Simon
Set Down
Fergus, Brian
Thanks Close
Bell, Patrick
Sep 20, 2018
Little Barrier and Tawharanui Open Sanctuary
Sep 27, 2018
Outward Bound Update
Oct 04, 2018
RYLA 2018 Feedback and Onja Update via Skype
Oct 11, 2018
Combined Committee meeting
Oct 18, 2018
Update on the KidsCan Trust and the Challenges Faced
Oct 25, 2018
Nov 01, 2018
A Visual History of Satire
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Parts 1, 2 and
Sep 22, 2018 8:45 AM –
Sep 23, 2018 4:15 PM
Combined Committees breakfast
Oct 11, 2018
Did you join Rotary to do good things in the community?
You can help or join in all projects (whatever the committee), just contact the committee director and/or project team leader.  In most cases, you can include family and friends. 
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